Billboard #1s for the Week Ending May 10, 1986

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 West End Girls Pet Shop Boys 1
R & B I Have Learned to Respect the Power of Love Stephanie Mills 2
Country Grandpa (Tell Me About the Good Old Days) The Judds 1
Adult Contemporary Greatest Love of All Whitney Houston 3
Rock Stick Around Julian Lennon 3
Album 5150 Van Halen 3

GTRHeartRulesThis week sees a curious supergroup enter the charts. Steve Howe and Steve Hackett were lead guitarists in two major progressive rock bands, Yes and Genesis respectively. Neither Steve was in their bands when they began having pop chart success, although Howe was part of the Top 10 group Asia. When that group folded, Howe asked Hackett if he’d be interested in working together. They formed GTR (short for guitar), adding a rhythm section and singer Max Bacon.

This week they enter the Hot 100 with When the Heart Rules the Mind, debuting at #74. The song surged up the charts, peaking at #14 in mid-July. GTR had a shorter life than Asia, collapsing after one album and one minor second single. Hackett maintains a prolific solo career, while Howe has moved in and out of Yes and various Asia incarnations over the years.

About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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